The Trojan War

A New History
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: History, Ancient History
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The Trojan War is the most famous conflict in history, the subject of Homer's Iliad, one of the cornerstones of Western literature. Although many listeners know that this literary masterwork is based on actual events, there is disagreement about how much of Homer's tale is true. Drawing on recent archaeological research, historian and classicist Barry Strauss explains what really happened in Troy more than 3,000 years ago.

For many years it was thought that Troy was an insignificant place that never had a chance against the Greek warriors who laid siege and overwhelmed the city. In the old view, the conflict was decided by duels between champions on the plain of Troy. Today we know that Troy was indeed a large and prosperous city, just as Homer said. The Trojans themselves were not Greeks but vassals of the powerful Hittite Empire to the east in modern-day Turkey, and they probably spoke a Hittite-related language called Luwian.

The Trojan War was most likely the culmination of a long feud over power, wealth, and honor in western Turkey and the offshore islands. The war itself was mainly a low-intensity conflict, a series of raids on neighboring towns and lands.

©2006 Barry S. Strauss (P)2018 Tantor
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Good summary of a great myth and its realities.

Good narrator. I'm a real history need and the Trojan War and the surrounding Bronze Age collapse are one of my favorite periods to read about.

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History and literary writing come together

Barry Strauss brings together his historiography and literary talents to provide an engaging and illuminating commentary on The Trojan War based on The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, The Epic Greek Cycle, ancient historical texts, and archeology. For the general reader and the student who wants clarification and a better appreciation of the War, I can’t recommend this book high enough. Additionally, Johnathan Yen’s narration is clear and his voice is well modulated to this book, especially as a dramatist when reading portions of the classic texts.